Seven suspected terrorists killed in Yemen drone strike

Yemeni pro-government fighters sit at the back of an armed pick-up as Emirati supported forces take over Huthi bases on the frontline of Kirsh between the province of Taez and Lahj, southwestern Yemen, on July 1, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 07 July 2018
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Seven suspected terrorists killed in Yemen drone strike

  • The US military is the only force known to operate armed drones over Yemen
  • The Security Council said it recognized the importance of the ports of Hodeidah and Saleef

ADEN: Seven suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists were killed on Friday when a drone targeted their car in the southern Yemeni province of Shabwa, a security official said.
The car was hit as it drove along a side road in Shabwa's Bihan district, said the official, from forces loyal to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's internationally recognized government.
The US military is the only force known to operate armed drones over Yemen.
The security official said the militants were members of Al-Qaeda, and said the aircraft that carried out the strike was American.
The US considers the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to be the radical group's most dangerous branch.
On Thursday, the UN Security Council said that “all parties” should work toward a political solution for Yemen, and repeated a call for the key port of Hodeidah to remain open.
The statements came after UN envoy Martin Griffiths updated the Security Council via a video link from the region.
Members “reaffirmed their unequivocal support for the efforts of the special envoy, and encouraged all parties to engage constructively with his efforts to progress a political solution,” the Security Council said in a statement.
They also “reaffirmed that a political solution remains the only way to end the conflict,” the statement added.
The Security Council said it recognized the importance of the ports of Hodeidah and Saleef, and reiterated a call for these to be kept open.


Gunmen kill nine in Iraq’s Anbar province -security sources

Iraqi Shiite fighters of the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force secure the border in al-Qaim in the Anbar province, opposite Albu Kamal in Syria's Deir Ezzor region on November 12, 2018. (AFP)
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Gunmen kill nine in Iraq’s Anbar province -security sources

  • Iraq declared victory over Daesh in December 2017 but security officials say the militants are likely to wage an insurgency after they were dislodged from all the territory they held

FALLUJA, Iraq: At least nine people were killed in Iraq’s Anbar province on Monday when gunmen attacked the home of a Sunni tribal militia officer, security sources said.
Captain Misha’an Hazemawi and eight other people were killed when gunmen stormed Hazemawi’s house near the Karma district, some 16 km (10 miles) northeast of Falluja.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but two security sources said Daesh militants were behind it.
A small number of militants are still operating in the area and are capable of launching sporadic attacks, Iraqi security officials say.
The officer was a member of the Tribal Mobilization Forces, a network of Sunni militias that backed the government in its fight against Daesh, the security sources said.
Daesh, which had seized control of much of northern Iraq in 2014, lost most of Anbar province to US-backed Iraqi security forces supported by Sunni tribal fighters in 2016.
Iraq declared victory over Daesh in December 2017 but security officials say the militants are likely to wage an insurgency after they were dislodged from all the territory they held.
Its fighters have kept up a campaign of kidnap and killing, mainly in the provinces of Kirkuk, Diyala and Salahuddin.